Thursday, 28 February 2013

Book Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


Book title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Published: May 24th 2011

Summary: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.


Review: i had a hard time with choosing if i should read this book or not, it sounded fun and interesting but i wasn't sure it would be something that i would love and then my best friend bought two copies of this book one for her and one for me and we read it together, and i got to say that i loved it!, i thought it was hilarious, and fun, and just, wow, i didn't think that i would like it this much ( as always haha). I love how it's different from other books, and i loved how all these girls were so different and yet they worked great together. I bookmarked so many quotes that i liked in this book, i'll show a picture haha 


Characters - At first i had favorites like Adina, Tiara, Petra, and i disliked Taylor a lot, i thought she was annoying, but after reading more and more i warmed up to her and ended up loving all of the characters, they were all different and just great, i loved reading about their point of views and learning more about them.

The "pirates" : 
 They were great and hilarious especially the captain Sinjin haha, they weren't like i expected them to be, but it was still great ( and i wanted to punch one of them, you might guess who if you read the book haha)

Stars: 4 out of 5, first i gave this book a 5 out of 5 but that was when i just read it, the only reason why i lowered it is because i hated the commercial breaks, footnotes and the whole classified chapters ( i did like it at first, i thought it was funny but after a while it got annoying to be honest). I do recommend this book, it is great, and i did love it very much.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (1)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Pick of this week is:

Book Title: Isla and the Happily ever after
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Expected publication date: September 17th 2013 ( arghh, i can't wait to read it!).

There is no book cover yet, so i just put a picture of Stephanie Perkins.

Summary: Falling in love in the world’s most romantic city is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year at the School of America in Paris, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to deal with the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of belove.




Words can not explain how excited i am for this book to come out!, i loved both Anna and the french kiss and Lola and the boy next door so much, i just can't explain how much i loved them and i can't wait for this book to come out i just want to jump up and down haha ( I'm weird yes), i will probably faint when i get to read it ( probably not, but still, haha).

Monday, 25 February 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (1) (February 26th)

Hi, everyone, i was watching video blogs from SweetBookReviews and she did these Top Ten Tuesdays things that was made by The Broke And The Bookish . Every Tuesday there is a top ten something, like top ten authors or top ten books, and every week there is a different topic, and everyone chooses their top ten ( and if you don't have a top ten you can pic top 5 or any number).

i really liked this and i wanted to do it. This Tuesdays top ten is: Top Ten Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List (basically an auto-buy list is no questions asked..you love this author so much that no matter what they wrote next you'd buy regardless of genre or subject matter)


btw, i just realized that all my favorite authors on this list are women lol, i didn't realize that before ( but that doesn't mean that i don't read and love male authors, i love James Patterson, Neal Shusterman, J.R.R Martin and many many more.)

1.
Richelle Mead Author of The Vampire Academy series, Georgina Kincaid series, Dark Swan Series, and the newly Bloodlines series

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The Vampire Academy series are my favorite series ever, i fell in love with Rose, Dimitri, Adrian and just everything in the books, i will definitely read more of what she writes no matter what genre





2.
Simone Elkeles Author of Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, Chain Reaction, How to ruin a summer vacation, how to ruin my teenage life, how to ruin my boyfriends reputation, Leaving Paradise, and Return to Paradise ( and i love each book)

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i already read all of her books, and i love them so much, they are so freaking good and addicting








3.
Cassandra Clare Author of The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices series

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Love The Mortal instruments series ( not my nr. 1 favorite series but i love it) but i haven't read the infernal devices series yet, i have them but i haven't started reading yet.











4.
Stephanie Perkins author of Anna and the french kiss and Lola and the Boy next door and the next book that is coming out this year Isla and the happily ever after

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i fell in love with Anna and the french kiss also Lola and the boy next door oh my god those books are so good!, i will definitely be reading more from her!, no matter what genre









 5.
J.R. Ward author of Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Fallen Angels

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love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, i haven't finished yet, but the ones that I've read i love very much.












6.
Sherrilyn Kenyon author of The Dark-Hunter, Were-Hunter, and Dream-Hunter series

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The dark hunter series are ah-mazing, one of my favorites.










7.
Sophie Kinsella author of the Shopaholic series and, Can you keep a secret?, The Undomestic goddess, Remember me?, Twenties girl, and I've got your number

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i love every single book from Sophie Kinsella, they are so fun and light and just wow.










8.
Suzanne Collins author of the Hunger Games

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I loved loved loved the hunger games series, and i will definitely be checking out more books from her in the future!








9.
Veronica Roth author of The Divergent series

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 I love the Divergent series, it is just amazing.










10.
Lauren Oliver author of the Delirium series

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Delirium isn't my favorite series, but i do love the first book ( haven't read the second one yet, waiting for the third one to come out so that i can continue after the second is done so that i don't have to wait haha.)  

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Review: Babe in Boyland

Hola!, i read this book a while ago (i remember i finished it on my birthday which is February 5th) and i forgot to review it, so i will do that now

Book title: Babe in Boyland
Author: Jody Gehrman
Published: February 17th 2011

Summary: When high school junior Natalie-or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper-is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected-especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?







Review: first of all:  
When i decided to read this book i did not think that i would love it this much, the summary was cute so i decided to read it and oh my god, it was so good!, i love Natalie (a.k.a Dr. Aphrodite)and her friends Chloe and Darcy and, i love Emilio omg every time he came up in the book i would literally squeal haha.


I originally wanted to read this book because i loved she's the man ( with Amanda Bynes) but honestly i like this book and this storyline more than she's the man ( and yeah that surprised me because i loved loved loved she's the man, it was one of my favorite movies, it's hilarious, but so is this book)). There were many times when i actually laughed out loud while reading this book, it was just so freaking good, and it certainly made me appreciate being a girl! haha (not that i didn't before).

Oh and the cover is so pretty and cute, and i love the little mustache detail haha.

so all in all i give this book 5 stars out of 5, you should definitely buy it or get it at the library and read it.

              

Saturday, 23 February 2013

50 Facts about me, Part 1

i saw some bloggers do this and i decided to do it too, if anyone is interested in reading it:)


1. I have an older sister who is i think 23 or 24
2. I am really bad with remembering age haha, even if it's my sister
3.I love reading and have loved it since i was very young, there wasn't a time when i didn't like reading, i used to stay in the library for hours and just read.
4. I was born in Croatia ( i am Croatian)
5 I lived a little in Croatia and a little in Serbia, a lot in Iceland and now i live in Norway ( i think I've been here for two and a half years or three years)
6. I would love to live in London
7. My favorite places in the world are Croatia, France and London
8. My birthday is on the 5th February
9. I am 20 years old
10. I was born at exactly 05:15 on 5th February lol

11. I've never dyed my hair ( well i did once put stripes in, but i hated it and never did anything like that again haha)
12. I used to be obsessed with the band Tokio Hotel ( ok maybe not obsessed, but i did love them a lot, i still have all my posters, cd's and dvd's haha)
13. I went through an emo phase and oh god do i regret that now! haha
14. I went to Paris and i don't have any pictures of my self there ( my dad has a few, but i hate them, it was when i cut my hair it was really short and i had the blond stripes and i just looked like a train wreck haha).
15. I used to love reading Manga
16. Even though i don't like the book anymore, i will always be thankful for Twilight, because of that book i found some of my favorite books ever like Vampire Academy, Mortal Instruments and many more.
17. I buy way to many lipsticks
18. Also shoes and clothes
19. My best friend Sara says that i am a shopaholic lol
a picture of me and my best friend Sara, we were like 14 or something here
20. I recently started writing in a diary and so far it's going well.
21. I also started writing a fanfiction, so far i have 5 chapters up, I'm still trying to learn to write so i am not 100% happy with it
22. I recently got new glasses, but i think they made my eyes even worse lol
23. I used to love watching Totally Spies and Martin Mystery and i will always love it, i still watch it sometimes ( not ashamed haha) other cartoons too.
24. I used to say that i would never get a phone with a touch screen, i said that i hated it, but i got my samsung galaxy s3 and i love it, it's the best thing ever ( i thank the gods that i didn't but an iphone)
my stepdad bought iphone 5 and i tried it, and i just don't like it at all ( but i am not one of those people who judge apple users lol)
25.Norwegian Easter eggs are the most delicious thing i have tasted ( candy wise)


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

January read list.

Hola everyone!, i know that it's the middle of February and i am really late with this but i wanted to do it anyway, I've never done a month read list, and i wanted to start doing it from now on. by the way, last year and the year before that i read so many Vampire/Dystopian/sci fi books, that i was not in the mood for them this time, at all, i just wanted to read cute romance books haha, so this blog post has mainly that.


The first book that i read in January was:

Book title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2nd 2010

Summary: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?






Review: I loved this book, oh my god  i couldn't put it down, and when i had to i couldn't stop thinking about it, it is so cute and light and omg, makes me want to o back to France, reading this book made me feel like i was back in France haha and after i finished it i started looking for other books like this where they are in France or something, but no luck haha, i recommend this book so much, i love Anna and i Love St. Clair

Stars: 5 out of 5



Book Title: Lola and the boy next door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29th 2011

Summary: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.





Review: i loved this book very much, but not as much as Anna and the french kiss. I loved Lola and her quirky fashion sense and i loved Cricket ( his name is very weird yes, but he is so cute, i love him haha),

 Stars: 5 out of 5


Book Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1st 2011

Summary: ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?



Review: (btw warning, i might say love a little too much in this review haha)oh dear lord, you have no idea how much i loved this book!, i read it in a day!, when my mom called me down that it was time to eat i didn't want to put it down haha, i was like damn i want to keep reading! haha. I loved Jordan, i loved how she loved football and i loved how she was in a team with all these boys and there was no drama, there was no her having a crush on any of them, she didn't think about them that way, and i loved how they loved her and respected her, i wasn't exactly in love with Ty, i don't know why, he just didn't interest me that much, but i loved Henry, and wow, i didn't predict the ending in this book at all!, i was surprised ( in a good way, in a great way in fact).

Stars: 5 out of 5


Book Title: Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: October 1st 2012

Summary: Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?


Review: i did really like this book ( not as much as the first one thought, definitely not as much), but it wasn't my favorite, i thought i would love it as much as the first one but i didn't, i did like the characters, also the book was kind of full of religion, which is not my thing, and the first book didn't have any of it so i was surprised. This book also has a different ending than expected at the beginning. The best part about this book was when Jordan and Henry from the first book appeared haha.

Stars: 3.5 out of 5


Book title: Epic Fail
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Published: August 2nd 2011

Summary: At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Cast in point:

- As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school--not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
- As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn't exactly on everyone's must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise's beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince's best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.


Review: it was a very light read, and it was a little fun, but not my favorite book. 

Stars: 3,5 out of 5

picture not made by me
And then i read the Perfect Chemistry books which i did a review on here: http://nenaath.blogspot.no/2013/02/reviews-perfect-chemistry-all-three.html

and the last book i read in January was: 
Book Title: Guyaholic
Author: Carolyn Mackler
Published: August 14th 2011

Summary:
Sometimes it takes getting hit with a hockey puck to help you see what’s good for you! Carolyn Mackler is back — and V is off on a solo road trip — in this funny, poignant follow-up to VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE.

V Valentine is the queen of meaningless hookups. Ever since her mom dumped her with her grandparents, she has bounced from guy to guy. But in the spring of senior year, a fateful hockey puck lands her in the lap of Sam Almond. Right from the start, things with Sam are different. V is terrified to admit it, but this might be meaningful after all. On the afternoon of graduation, V receives some shocking news. Later, at a party, she makes an irreversible mistake and risks losing Sam forever. When her mom invites her to Texas, V embarks on a cross-country road trip with the hopes of putting two thousand miles between herself, Sam, and the wreckage of that night. With her trademark blend of humor and compassion, Carolyn Mackler takes readers on an unforgettable ride of missed exits, misadventures, and the kind of epiphanies that come only when you’re on a route you’ve never taken before.


Review: i liked this book more than i thought i would, i loved V and Sam, i loved how finally the main girl character isn't a virgin girl who hasn't even been kissed ( not that it bothers me that in other books most girls are very innocent, it's just so refreshing and great to find a book who finally has a more experienced main character) and i loved Sam, i thought he was great for V, he was just what she needed, even though she did screw up. 

For some reason the ending didn't satisfy me, i wanted more, just a tiny bit more, maybe write a little bit more into the future and show us what happens, it made me a little frustrated haha. 

Stars: 4 out of 5

anyway that was my January read list, i hope ya'll have a great week and see you another time! ciao

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Reviews: The Perfect Chemistry ( all three books)

Hi, everyone!, i haven't posted in a while and i read these three books the other day and i just loved so i wanted to do a review on them, the books are:


Book title: The Perfect Chemistry
Book no: 1
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published: December 23rd 2008

Summary: When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.



What i thought about the book:
i loved this book, i fell in love with it right away, and i couldn't put it down, i spent all night reading it, i loved the characters, and to be honest, first when i heard about these books i thought they wouldn't be that good, i thought that they would be too much for younger teens, but i was wrong, it does have some sex in each book ( so if you don't like that, either skip that part in the book or just don't read) but the sex part isn't like in your face sex (lol), it was just a tiny part.

i loved the characters ( i loved Alex much more than Brittany though), they were fun to read and i really loved Brittany's sister and the way Alex was with her, but i hated Brittany's parents, just the way her mother treated Brittany and the way her father was never around.

i loved how it wasn't love at first sight, far from it actually,  but i did hate how Brittany judged Alex at first just from rumours, but other than that i just loved this book and i recommend it so so much

Rating: 5/5 stars!



Book title: Rules of Attraction
Book no: 2
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published: 27th April 2010

Summary: When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado. Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.





What i thought about the book:
Omg!, this was my favorite book out of all three!, i loved Carlos!, he is my favorite brother from the three, he was just so.. i can't explain really, but i really loved him, so many parts made me laugh a lot, especially when Kiara was hiking and he went after her ( i won't say anymore, but i thought it was really funny)

i loved Kiara, i loved the fact that she wasn't a girly-girl, i really liked that she loved fixing cars and that she loved hiking and many more boyish things, and i loved her family and how they didn't judge Carlos and hate him like Brittany's parents with Alex ( from the first book).  


also in this book i loved how it wasn't love at first sight like in most books these days. i really recommend this book to everyone!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!!




Book title: Chain Reaction
Book no: 3
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published: 16th August 2011

Summary: Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he's scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules -, don't trust a boy who says "I love you", boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex's wedding and suddenly she's tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis's biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers' lives. Will Luis's feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?


What i thought about the book:
to be honest Luis is my least favorite brother, i thought that i would love him, but after a while i didn't like him as much as Carlos and Alex, i thought that since he was so smart that he would make better decisions and learn from his brothers, but noo he made practically the same mistakes, the whole time when he did something i kept thinking dude!, you want to graduate and you want to be a freaking astronaut, if you keep doing these things your dream will never come true!, and he annoyed me at some times, but i do still love him too

i loved Nikki, i thought she was a great character, and i loved reading what happened, i don't have much to say about her but i did love her personality, and for the third time, i love how it wasn't love at first sight haha.

Rating: sadly it's 4/5 Stars, i wanted to give it 5/5, but i just didn't enjoy it as much as the first two.

i will definitely be checking out more books by Simone Elkeles, because these 3 just made my list of favorite books ever.

also, i wanted to rate the characters and books and show you my favorite brother and lead female


Favorite books from 1-3  were:

1. Rules of Attraction ( second book)
2. Perfect Chemistry ( first book)
3. Chain Reaction ( third book)

from 1-3 my favorite brothers were:

1. Carlos
2. Alex ( a.k.a Alejandro) 
3. Luis

favorite female leads: 

1. Kiara ( second book )
2. Nikki ( third book )
3. Brittany ( first book )